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Why Are We Tempted?

Why Are We Tempted?
James 1:13, 14  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed..
Why is it so difficult to say no to temptation and “yes” to God? Why is temptation so attractive and powerful? Couldn’t God eliminate the devil? Just think, if Satan were gone, we could resist temptation much more easily. Isaiah 55:8,9 says; “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” 
Why do we experience temptation? What is the purpose behind it all? Could it be God’s method of testing our loyalty and our love? We cannot say we love someone until we have had to make some hard choices on their behalf. God uses our sins to show us His grace and power. “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my s…

Sacrificial Love

Sacrificial Love
John 15:13 KJV Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Short summary of the novel, “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens:
The year is now 1789. The peasants in Paris storm the Bastille and the French Revolution begins. The revolutionaries murder aristocrats in the streets, and Gabelle, a man charged with the maintenance of the Evrémonde estate, is imprisoned. Three years later, he writes to Darnay, asking to be rescued. Despite the threat of great danger,  Darnay departs immediately for France.
Sydney Carton, a look-a-like to Darnay, also has traveled to Paris because of the selfless love that he has for Lucie Manette. He resolves to sacrifice himself to save Lucie’s husband's life.  He drugs Darnay and exchanges places with him, having Barsad carry Darnay out of the prison to safety. Carton dies in Darnay's place at the hand of Madam Guillotine. Sydney Carton’s final quote: “It is a far, far better thing that I do, tha…

Self-Control, a Fruit of the Spirit

Self-Control, a Fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Though self-control is last on the list of fruit, it is certainly not the least of them mentioned. Temperance, self-control is the ability to live with restraints. The world today tells us to: do your own thing and be free of all control. But, we, as Christians, are instructed to demonstrate self-control that we may be like Christ. It is possible for the old nature to imitate some of the fruit of the Spirit, but the flesh, our old nature, can never produce the fruit of the Spirit. When the Spirit produces fruit in our lives, God gets the glory, but when the flesh does the work, we become proud of ourselves when complements come our way.
We must remember that fruit is produced so it can be shared, not admired, or put on a shelf as a display. People all around us are starving for love…

Sweet Song of Praise

Sweet Song of Praise Psalm 8:1,9 KJV O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
What comes to mind when we hear His name? Is it the Sweetest Name We Know?     Is there strength and power, and joy of heaven, That comforts our troubled soul? 
  How sweet the name of Jesus sounds,  To a heart so filled with pain;     It soothes the aching broken heart  And heals the wounds of shame.
  O, Lover of our burdened soul,   Our never ending Friend,        Though weak and weary, bruised from sin,  Your forgiveness has no end.
       May we lift our voices to heaven’s throne,  Of the matchless worth of Christ,      Our Prophet, Priest, and Glorious King,  Our Sustainer and Giver of life.
  O LORD, our Lord,        What eternal excellence is given to Thy name,        The sweetest song of highest praise,             Will be to His precious name.
by Dianna Moffitt Carroll
David, in his songs of praise t…

The Conscience

The Conscience
Acts 24:16 KJV  And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
Have you ever found yourself feeling guilty for no apparent reason you knew of and immediately went to the Word of God for instruction and comfort? “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me...” (Psalm 139:23,24). Examining guilt feelings in the light of Scripture, along with prayer, is definitely the cure for a guilty conscience. A person who conceals his sin will not prosper, but the one who confesses and forsakes sin, will have compassion (Proverbs 28:13). After spending time searching your heart through prayer and reading God’s Word, did you realized that Satan, known as, “the accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10), tried to discourage you with his lies (John 8:44)? Christians need to understand that guilt appears when sin is prevalent in the life of a believer, but also, when one…